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Metal Finishing News & Information

High Purity Cleaning for Specialized Systems Like Tanks & Process Piping

High Purity Cleaning for Specialized Systems

High purity cleaning removes potentially hazardous particulate matter and contaminants from volatile and sensitive equipment. Process piping is much different than the mechanical pipes used in typical buildings.  These are manufacturing systems and components that must meet stringent cleanliness requirements to operate correctly. The degree of cleanliness necessary is greater

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oxygen cleaning

Oxygen Cleaning for Contaminant-Free Systems

Oxygen cleaning is not cleaning with oxygen; it is the cleaning of equipment, valves, pipes, and systems that are intended for use in the production, storage, distribution and use of gaseous or liquid oxygen. It is widely used for the medical, biopharmaceutical, pharmaceutical, aerospace and other compressed gas industries for

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Electroplating Everyday Products and Parts


Electroplating is a process that contributes a surface layer of metal to an object of another material.  It is widely used across a broad range of industries and a variety of applications.  From aerospace and medical to electronics, home décor, and more, electroplating is used to enhance the beauty or

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Anodizing Aluminum

Anodizing Aluminum for Medical Devices

Anodizing aluminum for medical components creates a durable and corrosive-resistant coating with aesthetic benefits.  Anodized aluminum is used to produce a wide range of medical instruments, devices, and parts such as stethoscopes, blood and laboratory processing, regulators, oxygen machinery, and hospital equipment. Many of the same qualities that make aluminum

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Industrial vacuum pump

Industrial Vacuum Pumps

Industrial vacuum pumps are used by different industries around the world to remove molecules of air and other gases from sealed or confined spaces.  Nearly every industry today requires a vacuum pump for some type of operational process.  From pharmaceutical processing to electronics, pumps are crucial to manufacturing, extraction, and

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Electroless Nickel

Electroless Nickel and Other Nickel Finishes

Electroless nickel and other nickel finishes provide corrosion and wear resistance, appealing aesthetics and adhesion for subsequent processes. Nickel is a hard metal that is silvery-white in color with strength, ductility and resistance to heat and corrosion. Not many things are made of pure nickel; it is often used in

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Electropolishing and Passivation

Electropolishing and Passivation

Electropolishing and passivation are two of the most popular finishing methods for stainless steel. The two processes have some similarities, but there are clear differences between them. Although both employ chemical baths in their operations, electropolishing also incorporates the use of electrical current to remove microscopic surface layers of material

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Precision Cleaning

Precision Cleaning for Oxygen Service

As the third most abundant element in the universe, oxygen is used for combustion in processes such as welding and steel making, for biological activity including medical applications, wastewater countermeasures and sewage treatment systems. Oxygen is a high energy gas that readily oxidizes other materials and alone is not flammable

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Electropolishing Stainless

Electropolishing Stainless Steel & Other Metal Surfaces

What is Electropolishing? Electropolishing is an electro-chemical process performed primarily on stainless steel. It is similar to electroplating, but is anodic in nature, meaning it is exactly the reverse. During the process, metal is selectively removed under controlled conditions of temperature, amperes and time. Microscopic high points of the metal

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What is abrasive blasting

What is Abrasive Blasting?

Abrasive blasting is used by industries worldwide for multiple reasons, to remove surface coatings such as paint and contaminants, prepare surfaces for paint and coatings, strengthen metal surfaces and adhesion, clean rust and grease, and engrave stone.  Blasting equipment is used to shoot abrasive media against a surface under pressure

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